That’s Italian!

Grandma’s garlic press
Cherished relic of her life
Pesto’s final touch

Fragrant memories captured then
Bit of spices she’d put in

                      -Clarence Holm
Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 184 Press / Touch
Prompt words: Press & Touch
Haiku in 5-7-5


The Course

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 1/9/2018 Destination & Guide – Synonyms Only

I chose Experience and Goals as my synonyms for Destination and guide

(Tanka Form 5-7-5 7-7)


“In Search of Sea Urchins” – Courtesy Stuart Glazer

experience gives
what is required for life
your goal creates fate

rivers all flow end to end
you select currents you take

                       -Clarence Holm
Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 65: Destination & Guide (#SynonymsOnly)



Magical wishes
Whispered in a sinner’s plea
Hope salvation’s here

A last rite for paradise
Blessing those that see the light

                               -Clarence Holm
Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 183 Magic / Hope
Prompt words: Magic & Hope
Haiku in 5-7-5


I’ll be on a little trip for a few days

The results came back from my MRI, confirming a 5 cm tear in the tendons holding my left rotator cuff with a 4 cm retraction of the muscles. -Basically the muscles have torn away from the top of my shoulder and contracted.

The muscles needs to be trimmed and pulled back into position then reattached. My shoulder will be immobilized for a number of weeks, followed by physical therapy.

The good news is I am right handed and with good coaching I should be available to pitch right handed relief for the Minnesota Twins playoff run.

Still I am scared as the surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning. The doctor says I will be out of it for a few days (due to my fear of pain and willingness to utilize any type of pain killer at my disposal)

Anyway see you all in a few days- Here for your enjoyment are my last words in a whining senryu

Cold steel cuts warm flesh
Comprehension put to sleep
Wake me when it’s done

– Clarence Holm

During The Fall

Two days before, I had visited an orthopedist who diagnosed multiple tears in the meniscus of my right knee. Promising relief until surgery could be scheduled, a healthy amount of cortisone was injected into my knee. Packaged with some some pain pills, I was sent home to lick my wounds.

In the middle of a restless night, I decided to go to my computer to catch up on some research. Rather than turn on a light I bumped my way down the hall to the study. Unfortunately a plastic tray was left on the floor which allowed my injured leg to glide forward on it, leaving me in an awkward muscle stretching pose.

It was at this moment that this whining senryu occurred to me.


sliding awareness
ensuing comprehension-
this is gonna hurt

 -Clarence Holm